Aerospace Team ONLINE
UPDATE #20 - April 24, 1998
Thursday, April 30, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time: Estela Hernandez, Flight Simulation Engineer Estela is a flight simulation engineer. She uses math to build computer models that simulate flying airplanes. This chat will be in English and Spanish. Registration information is at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting Read her biography prior to joining this chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/hernandez.html Monday May 4, 1998 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. George Kidwell, Deputy Director of R & D Services for Operations, George is responsible for directing the wind tunnel operations at Ames Research Center. There are three major national wind tunnel complexes at Ames, and each involves many skilled people, very large amounts of electrical power, a lot of high pressure and high speed air, and the need to run as quickly as possible while still maintaining safety and data accuracy. Registration information is athttp://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting Read his biography prior to joining this chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/kidwell.html
NEW BIOS!! CONTEST ENTRIES!!
If you haven't visited the team page lately, http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/ you should. We've added several interesting biographies recently. Craig Hange is the researcher who will run the test of the Wright Flyer model. Loran Haworth flies helicopters and is a research psychologist. Charles Ingalls is an aerospace engineer who performs simulations. There will be a few more coming to so keep checking. As you know we are holding two contests: "Draw a Picture of an Airplane" and "Write an Essay Describing the Airplane You Would Like to Design", http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/events/index.html We have received some wonderful entries. Please take a look, if you want you can send in your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post the feedback to the artists/writers. Winners will be announced next week.
1903 WRIGHT FLYER MODEL COMING TO AMES
A full-scale replica of the historic 1903 Wright Flyer is coming to NASA Ames Research Center next week.in preparation for public display this spring and wind tunnel test in January. This model was build by members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA. There will be a press conference here at Ames and I will be there to get the scoop for you. We plan to add some curriculum and journals on this special upcoming event. Stay tuned.
[Editor's Note: Ray Oyung is the Research Coordinator for the Fatigue Countermeasures Program. He is studying the effect of sleep
loss on pilots. Read his bio at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/ray.html ]
Sleeping in Space
by Ray Oyung
April 21, 1998
Lots of things have been going on over the last couple of months. Neurolab is a mission on the Space Shuttle Columbia which launched Friday April 17, 1998. The mission will last 16 days and more information on the entire mission can be read at the following site called NeurOn: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/neuron/ Our piece of the mission is an experiment to determine how well humans sleep and breath in space. Also, we are testing the efficacy (effectiveness) of synthetic melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone thats naturally secreted from the brain at night. It is thought to be one of the reasons why we sleep at night and why its harder to sleep during the day. Some of the data the astronauts on this mission will be collecting are: brain wave activity (also called EEG); eye activity (EOG); muscle activity (EMG); heart activity (ECG); respiration; nasal airflow (through a device called a thermistor taped under the nose); snoring (through a microphone taped to the neck); blood oxygen saturation (SaO2); and core body temperature. During the mission, quite a bit of data will be down linked from the shuttle to the scientists on the ground in the Space Mission Area (SMA) at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This same experiment will be conducted by a couple astronauts on STS 95 which will launch in late October this year. Ill show you more pictures and give you more information on a very well know and distinguished individual in our history of the exporation of Space a little later. Until then, keep up the good work at school. To see pictures visit: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/fjournals/oyung/sleep.html
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